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    23 Things People Who Have Arthritis Swear By

    When everyday activities cause aches and pains, these products are here to help.

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    Please note that these aren't medical recommendations. Be sure to check with your doctor before starting any kind of treatment.

    1. An applicator handle that'll help apply product to those hard-to-reach areas without added strain, because applying pain relief medication shouldn't be an added pain in the neck.

    Person using handle to apply lotion to back of shoulder

    Promising review: "Independence can't be overrated! If you suffer from arthritis and have pain in your shoulder joints, your knees, or the back of your neck, this product is perfect. It applies pain relief gel to these areas without the need to depend on anyone else to help you. It's sturdy and easy to hold – the gel or lotion is easily loaded into the reservoir by using a coin to unlock it, and then squeeze or pour inside. This is superb for arthritis." β€”Brian and Lisa R.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.

    2. A paraffin wax treatment kit with rose-scented wax melts, so you can soak in some heated relief. Am I smelling rose petals, or the sweet scent of success??

    This kit includes two thermal mitts, 50 glove liners, a brush, a heat-insulating grid, and four 200 gram bags of paraffin wax. The large opening gives you plenty of space to dip your hands, elbows, or feet. Plus, this can be used with any paraffin wax when you need a refill!

    Promising review: "This is an excellent product. I have been using it twice a day for hand arthritis. The product comes with plastic bag hand coverings and then mittens to retain the warmth. My Physical Therapist is very pleased with my flexibility improvement. The wax warms within ten minutes at high heat and then stays warm at a lower setting. It's very light and easy to store after cleaning!! I highly recommend it!" β€”Seattle

    Get it from Amazon for $52.99 (available in two colors).

    3. An anti-inflammatory lotion great for use on your back, knees, shoulders, and more. This is gonna soak quickly into your skin – many reviewers say it gives real relief, really fast.

    Penetrex Inflammation Formulation

    Promising review: "My husband and I first gave Penetrex a try over a year ago and have continued to keep it on hand ever since. My husband has terrible arthritis pain as well as muscle and other soft tissue strains. I have multiple torn tendons in my shoulder as well as chronic arthritis in my knees and ankles. About a minute after rubbing in the Penetrex cream we feel relief from our pain. The relief will last up to an hour or more; often I use it right before bed so I can fall asleep rather than being kept awake with the pain. We have also gifted this to friends (ACL surgery recovery and severe neck pain) and they were very very thankful because IT WORKS." β€”Sue G

    Get it from Amazon for $34.95.

    4. An electrotherapy device some reviewers swear by. Stand aside, espresso. Starting your day off without any pain is the only ~buzz~ you need!,

    Just kidding coffee, you know we will always need you.

    Promising review: "I love this product! I suffer from arthritis pain, stiffness, and nerve damage. I use this in the morning to get me going for the day! It's easy to understand and works like a charm! The pulse and massage work great on my joints. This product along with heat therapy works wonders! The product is well made and relaxing. You can adjust the cycle and intensity to your liking! I'm pleased!" β€”ArtistPSW

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    5. A door assist set that'll lift you up when the pain from getting in and out of your car has had you feeling down.

    Person getting out of car using handle attached to left car door frame and hanging handle on right front of door

    This includes a door handle grip strap and glass breaker/belt cutter handle.

    Promising review: "My husband bought this for my mother and it has been a lifesaver getting her in and out of the car. I no longer need to assist her. It was especially helpful when she left rehab and continues to be a product that will remain in our tool kit!" β€”Nichole Kerle

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99.

    6. A squish ball set to ease joint stress, strengthen your hands, *and* entertain the anxious among us who would like a fidget tool when pain's on their brain.


    Promising review: "This is an amazing product. It has already made a difference with the pain in my hands and fingers. The different textures of the balls; hard, firm, and soft helps with different levels of pain. I would recommend these hand stress balls to anyone who is suffering with arthritis or nerve pain. So glad I decided to make this purchase!" β€”Leontine Kimble

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in two styles).

    7. A cellphone ring so you can ~hold the phone~ without stressing about it falling out of your hands, no matter how jaw-dropping your conversation is.

    Reviewer's red and silver phone ring on back of case

    Promising review: "I have tried so many other rigs and these are the absolute best. I will eventually break it because I stress the HELL out of them due to depending on it for grip problems due to my arthritis. I swear these are the best thing to ever happen to me for using my phone. I can’t even close my hands some days and this ring helps me keep it steady for daily use. I will stockpile these forever." β€”CJ

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in seven colors).

    8. A multifunctional bottle opener – a pain-free way to help you twist (and *not* shout) when you need a bottle opened.

    Bottle opener being used to open water bottle, soda top, and beer

    Promising review: "I have arthritis really bad and have tried numerous bottle openers but this one far surpasses all the others. It is very easy to use and you need little hand strength. My main use is to open bottles of Perrier." β€”RosieAndMe

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95.

    9. Joints Soak bath salts for anyone who could use a soothing sprinkling of pain relief in a long, luxurious bath after being out and about all day.

    Frankincense and Rosemary bath soak

    Promising review: "We have been using this arthritis soak for my 14 year old English Bulldog who has severe arthritis and hip dysplasia. She LOVES bath soak time. It has brought her a deep relief and has helped her get back on her paws again! My mom also uses it for her lower back pain. The soothing Epsom salt and aroma from the essential oils brings so much comfort when flare ups are happening. It relaxes and relieves pain. This is an amazing product!!!" β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $16.95.

    10. An artistic finger splint ring, so you can keep your knuckles from aching while showing off your keen fashion sense at the same time.

    Medieval Jewelry Magic

    Promising review: "I am very happy with this ring. It fits well and will provide the needed support for my finger. Katrina is making me another ring and I found her to be very willing to customize it to my needs. Her price is very reasonable and her work is excellent." β€”Corrine Jones

    Get it from Medieval Jewelry Magic on Etsy for $30.38+ (available in two colors and sizes 2–9).

    11. A pair of compression gloves, because you'd give your arthritis the bird if it didn't hurt so much to lift your middle finger.

    Hands wearing compression gloves

    Promising review: "These are the best arthritis gloves ever! I have purchased and used many others, but these feel the best. I especially like the length of the fingers – they cover all my knuckles and just expose the fingertips. I use them every day when I am crocheting and they keep my hands and wrists pain-free!" β€”Joyce

    Get them from Amazon for $15.49 (available in two styles and sizes S–L).

    12. A multi-function can opener for anyone who thinks arthritis has made it so you can't open jars – you CAN.

    Promising review: "I have arthritis in my hands and this set is especially helpful opening bottles and jars. I find it excels at opening those pesky jars with the vacuum tight metal lids – it pops them easily." β€”John Pratt

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    13. A large electric heating pad that'll give you some warm relief.

    Person using pad on back

    Promising review: "I am 68 years old and have arthritis. Heat gives me relief. I've had several heating pads and they all would work fine, but then they would no longer lay flat. This one is different! It's soft and just the right temperature. I've had it for months now and it is still soft and flat (just what you want!). I highly recommend this MIGHTY BLISS. You will be pleased with it." β€”Janet L Telcs

    Get it from Amazon for $36.17.

    14. Or a finger and toe ice pack for times when inflammation is driving you wild and you need something to help cool you off.

    Finger with ice pack wrapped around it like large ring

    Promising review: "I bought this for my husband to use when the arthritis in his fingers gets really bad. He says that this is a nifty item because it is easy to get it evenly applied to the finger." β€”RMalzahn

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    15. A box of pain-relieving patches – if you can pinpoint the pain, these can patch you right on up!

    Salonpas patch packaging

    Promising review: "I use these almost every day and I've had as many as 10 on me at once. I have psoriatic arthritis and osteoporosis and I've used them on practically every joint I have. I couldn't imagine being without them. They're a great product. I will admit though that if you have a lot of them on you, you do smell them. LOL. These are a lifesaver." β€”Ali Hamilton

    Get it from Amazon for $9.66.

    16. A memory foam knee pillow with a slip-free strap. If you wake up with some doggone awful pain in the morning, this'll upgrade your sleeping situation by keeping you in the proper position all night – preventing extra stress on your joints.

    Dog resting on stiff, curved pillow

    Promising review: "I purchased this product to help reduce nighttime pain from arthritis in my hip. It did help. By keeping my leg straight (as opposed to leaning inward) it took the pressure off my hip. It is comfortable and the cover can be washed." β€”BPBuchan

    Get it from Amazon for $21.95.

    17. Biofreeze pain relief gel for folks who are happy to ~gel~ with a daily pain relief regimen that reviewers say actually works.

    Person holding gel tube

    Promising review: "I have arthritis in my spine, and a subluxation in my neck, which pushed out my shoulder blade and tore my rotator cuff. On a scale of 1-10, I was at a 42 and starting a new job that requires me to actually move stuff. I found this product and was finally able to move within a tolerable pain threshold. Within two weeks and application of this product about every four hours I’ve healed really well and my pain levels are definitely down below 10. I have also been resting and icing whenever possible. After trying out five other products, as well as the professional version of this one, I rate this the very best. I honestly could not have made it through without it. I’m in total love." β€”Serena

    Get it from Amazon for $11.91.

    18. A keyring turner that'll truly be the ~key~ to easily locking and unlocking your doors, even if your swollen knuckles have made the task frustrating in the past.

    Person with attached key turner unlocking door

    Promising review: "These work great. They have helped me a lot. I have severe arthritis in both of my thumbs. I never realized how hard it was locking and unlocking things – until I got these to help me." β€”Theresa B.

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $13.99.

    19. A button, hook, and zipper puller tool – it's gonna help you look cute as a button, because all your buttons will finally be done up.

    Person using looped tool to button up shirt

    Promising review: "I have advanced carpal tunnel syndrome, along with arthritis in my fingers, making buttoning shirts a huge chore. But this button hook works great! Highly recommend!" β€”William A. Corely

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    20. A heated knee brace with multiple heat and massage settings. Plug this into the wall, wrap it around your knee, and you'll be singing its praises in no time.

    Reviewer wearing brace while it's plugged into the wall

    This adjustable brace has three settings, with heat and vibration options.

    Promising review: "I have arthritis in my knees and a lot of evenings I ache terribly. I use all the lotions but they don't help for long. I decided to try this. It's very easy to get on and the heat is wonderful. The heat and massage can be used together or independently. I was able to relax and feel relief. I understand there are quite a few gimmicks out there but if you hurt from arthritis or strained muscles this is great. It can go on an arm as well. I'm happy with the results and plan on buying another one." β€”Jodie Closser

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    21. A sock aid kit sure to prevent you from getting cold feet, literally and figuratively, even when getting dressed to go out in the past was an event in itself.

    Person using rope slide on to place sock and plastic hook to lift it over heel

    Promising review: "I've been having severe arthritis problems for a couple of years. Putting on socks has meant sharp pain and having to sit a few minutes to recover. It got to a point where I just didn’t wear socks unless I absolutely had to. This changed all that – I can now comfortably put on and take off socks. THANK YOU." β€”Charlie Fox

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    22. A nail clipper set complete with four useful tools capable of taking on even the toughest nails. Each style is designed to make clipping easier, which is perfect for when your arthritis is really acting up.

    Nail clippers with sharp tip and large handles

    Promising review: "This is a wonderful set that comes with a nail file, a fingernail clipper, a toenail clipper, and a set of wide-jaw clippers. These are really easy to use and, as someone with arthritis, they are simple to depress. I found that these will easily cut the thickest of nails. I also appreciate the small bag to keep the set together. My husband was able to use this by himself, which is wonderful since he normally used to get pedicures." β€”Mary

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

    23. And finally, a copper ring and bracelet for fashion-forward folks who wouldn't mind trying out a pain relief option that complements your boho-chic style at the same time.

    Promising review: "I bought this for my mother-in-law. She wears it nonstop and says she loves it so much! She has rheumatoid arthritis and said it has actually helped her, especially with her fingers twisting and cramping. The ring and bracelet were in a small purple drawstring mesh bag." β€”Kristan Campbell

    Get it from Amazon for $26.88.

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